Writer: Cider spurs
Date:Sunday December 8 2013
Well, what can we say??, last two games were away, last two games were won from a losing position.
Some were saying our tactics would result in struggling to win if we conceded first, last two games dispels that myth somewhat. Again, a game of two very different halves, but both producing a goal.
We started with Capoue slotting into Central defence alongside Dawson as a result of injuries to the usual stoppers who play there. IMO he played very well and did not look out of his depth at all, playing some nice balls out from the back, and defending with great authority and in a manner that almost seemed effortless, dare I say he looked a natural. Walker yet again linked very well with Lennon and made some great overlapping runs, also getting back to attend to his defensive duties, with Lennon also making his usual effort to help out his partner in crime defensively, the Right was pretty well sorted. I always thought Walkers game would improve once Lennon returned to the fold, would you not agree?
The first half still played out at a laboured pace, yep, we were bossing possession, but not really doing too much with it, ring any bells?? pretty dour affair with a few speculative efforts from both sides, nothing really to bother either defence. So it came as a bit of surprise when Lloris decided to punch a tame looking cross from Celustka into the path of Johnson at the far post. We conceded. Catches win matches in some sports I hear, for me, this should have been a regulation catch. I think that after Lloris' performance against Fulham, maybe we can excuse him the odd mistake, not a plethora Hugo, the odd one. Take note. Sunderland held their lead for a mind boggling .....Six minutes.
My old mate Chadli AKA Belgian coach driver (topho) managed to keep the ball in play from what looked like an almost probable lost cause, he whipped it over towards the goal and Lampard, I mean Paulinho slotted home. A goal from a cross, we scored a goal from a cross. We went in as we started the half, all square.
Second half we played as we have witnessed a few times already this season, but not usually for a whole 90+ minutes. We were much quicker in our play, balls were played to players on the move and we looked like a different team, a real pleasure to watch. It was not too long before we added to our goal tally with Dembele's cross being diverted into their goal by a telling touch from O' Shea. Sunderlands 5th own goal of the season. Dembele was playing well again, and as usual had no difficulty beating whomever he felt like he wanted to. Same as Holtby, although not ghosting past people, his passing allowed for the game to flow he did not dwell on the ball, and played some great little balls to others. Full of vigour, he really does play for the shirt, chases everything and spirit to be admired.
Defoe's movement was pretty good, he hit the post twice. Fine margins. Paulinho yet again could have had a hat trick, he really does get in some great scoring positions. I sometimes wonder how many league goals he would be on by now if he could find his shooting boots. Well into double figures I'd suggest. Chadli rose well a couple of times and headed towards goal, after a little shaky start, he grew into the game and played well. In all honesty we could have scored Six in this game, we are now creating the chances but not converting enough of them as of yet to win comfortably. Hopefully this will come, if we look back at Newcastle, we would not have looked out of place if we'd scored Five that day, Fulham last week, whilst we looked a bit poor at the back, again would it be wrong to suggest we could have scored Five against them??. A late penalty shout from a handball from Sandro was denied, IMO, we got away with one there, but we were good for the three points.
All in all, a determined performance with a reaction to going behind. Why we can't do this for whole matches is anyone's guess. Conceded from our mistake yet again as opposed to their brilliance, something we need to try and nip in the bud. Thought everybody put a shift in, and the signs are encouraging. Two points behind Aguero and co. does not read too badly to me. Last Three games have produced Six goals for us, heck, we are averaging Two goals a game as of late ;-) Hopefully we can get a few back ready for Liverpool, Rose I believe is back training, will we see him?. For anyone wishing to complain about the performance or question the teams ability in relation to the game, I ask you remember one key thing. Only Arsenal have a better away record in the league this season. Not too shabby that stat is it?. Well done lads, AVB and all concerned. Another vital 3 points as the Spurs go marching on!!.
Written by Cider spur
Date:Sunday December 8 2013
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